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Jets-Blues series living up to expectations

Copp: "I would say it's as tight (as I expected) and it feels like more than just a First Round matchup."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - With the way Game 5 ended on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues series became one of the more unique matchups in NHL history.

The Blues won 3-2 on a late goal from Jayden Schwartz and Jets fans left Bell MTS Place with another empty feeling. Winnipeg and St. Louis are now the fourth best-of-seven series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history in which the road team won each of the first five games. The others: the 1951 Semifinals (MTL-DET), 1995 Conference Finals (NJD-PHI) and 2004 Conference Finals (CGY-SJS). A best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series has never featured the road team winning each of the first six games.

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Jets can't hold off third period rally, fall to Blues in Game 5

Lowry, Hayes score for Jets; Hellebuyck makes 26 saves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - For the fifth time in the series between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues, the team that won the game trailed at some point during the course of regulation.

Unfortunately for the Winnipeg Jets, they were the victims of the comeback in Game 5.

Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes gave the Jets a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes, but three third period goals from the visiting Blues - including the game-winner with 15 seconds left in regulation - gave St. Louis a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 series lead.

"It's 2-0 at home going into the third. Playoffs are a funny thing. You lose momentum and it can swing in a heartbeat," said Blake Wheeler. "It's all about how we manage the next 24 to 48 hours. We're a confident group, we know we can win a game."

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Laine's game continues to impress

Maurice: "Game 4 was the best game he has played as a Winnipeg Jet."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /

WINNIPEG - For nearly three years the Winnipeg Jets have been working on Patrik Laine's all round game - teaching him how he can be an effective player even when he doesn't score.

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Hellebuyck, Jets confident between the pipes

Hellebuyck: "I just need to continue battling, keep fighting... and you know, show everyone that I'm going to be the rock behind them."

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice didn't know it at the time, but in a meeting with the media 48 hours before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Jets head coach foreshadowed the next seven days for Connor Hellebuyck.

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Millard's Five Storylines: Game 5

Scheifele vs. O'Reilly matchup an intriguing one

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

1. The Jets scored first in Game 1 and lost. St.Louis did the same thing in both games at home. Each club has watched third-period leads on home ice turn into losses. The Blues won a series high 61 per cent of the face-offs in Game 4 but were somehow forced to chase the play for most of the final 47 minutes, outshot 34 - 21 after their quick start to the first period. So many of hockey's long-trusted indicators have not translated into the expected results in the first four games.   

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Today on JetsTV Live: Jets vs Blues (Game 5)

Coverage starts at 10:20 am CT across all digital platforms

by Staff @NHLJets /

The Winnipeg Jets host Game 5 of their opening round Stanley Cup Playoff series tonight at Bell MTS Place against the St. Louis Blues.

Jamie Thomas and Daren Milard begin today's episode of the JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser at 10:20 am CT. The Jets will look to take their first lead in the best of seven series which is tied at two wins apiece.

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GAME DAY: Jets vs Blues (Game 5)

7:30 pm CT - TV: CBC, SN; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - In order for the Winnipeg Jets to take their first lead in the best-of-seven series with the St. Louis Blues, they'll have to do something neither squad has been able to do: win on home ice.

The Jets had the sixth best home record in the NHL during the regular season (and the best record on home ice in 2017-18). But so far in this series with the Blues, the visitors have had the edge at Bell MTS Place.

Still, that doesn't shake the confidence inside the Jets dressing room heading into Game 5 tonight.

"We have tons of confidence playing here," said defenceman Josh Morrissey. "Tonight, we're in a best-of-three series and two of those are at home. We'd like to be able to establish a good game at home tonight. We're not worried about the record in the past, it's a new night every night in the playoffs. We have to be ready for the challenge."

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Jets excited to return home with series tied

"Each night is a new challenge." -Morrissey

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

ST. LOUIS, Missouri - Two big victories at Enterprise Center in St. Louis helped the Winnipeg Jets pull out of a 2-0 deficit in their best-of-seven series with the Blues. That was the goal the team set out to achieve, and when Kyle Connor slid home the overtime winner on Tuesday night, it was mission accomplished.

"Each night is a new challenge. In Game 3 we saw lots of goals and (Tuesday), not that many," said defenceman Josh Morrissey. "It's going to change each night and you kind of have to roll with the punches. You can never get too high or too low. Just focus on the task at hand which is trying to get to four wins. That's really all we're after and we're excited to be going back 2-2."

Three of the four games in the series have been decided by one goal. Each team has converted three times on the power play, and memorable saves have been made at both ends of the rink by 25-year-old goaltenders.

Yes, this series is tight, and Jets head coach Paul Maurice doesn't expect that to change now that it's down to a best-of-three.

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Connor scores overtime winner to help Jets even series with Blues

Jets earn first Stanley Cup Playoffs overtime win in franchise history

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

ST. LOUIS, Missouri - The Winnipeg Jets had one goal in mind when they came to St. Louis for Game 3 and 4 against the Blues.

Down 2-0 in the best-of-seven, they wanted to do everything in their power to get back on even footing.

Mission accomplished.

The Jets followed up a 6-3 win in Game 3 with the franchise's first overtime victory in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Connor was the hero, scoring 6:02 into the extra frame to earn a 2-1 victory.

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Millard's Five Storylines: Game 4

Josh Morrissey a key piece on the Jets blueline

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

1. Beating the Blues at home hasn't been easy in the Jordan Binnington era. Game 3 was only the netminder's third loss in 17 decisions under the Arch.  As much of an accomplishment as the win was for the Jets, now the goal is to make history. Binnington has yet to lose back to back games in his brief career. Only once has the rookie surrendered more than two goals in those bounce-back outings.

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